All entries for August 2007

August 31, 2007

Arrived safely!

I arrived yesterday around 8.30pm – met up with Katie’s new french housemates, who helped us carry our luggage to their house. I decided to stay over there, as the hostel is a bit far out of the town for my liking! But now I’m in the hostel – about to have a shower and go to bed – so tired!

Going to explore the town some more tomorrow – we were advised not to bother going to the university today as it is still august and nothing happens until september!

Will update again soon

August 24, 2007

Leaving in 6 days…

Everything seems to be roughly sorted now…I apparently have somewhere to live in Grenoble – if anyone feels the need to send me TEA or anything else that you cant get in France then message me for my address.
Time before I leave is rapidly going: party tonight, Tom’s here all weekend, then a day after that I leave!
Am staying in London next weds with Dad, and we’re hopefully going to a musical/concert or something, which should be nice.
Anyway the fear and excitement are kicking in properly now, I want to just be there and used to it – avoiding the whole ‘culture shock’ thing that the international office are warning us about – basically “you’re going to feel awful, but don’t worry, because everyone feels the same” GREAT!

Next time I blog will probably be when I get there, so wish me luck!

August 02, 2007

Right, so I'm leaving in 4 weeks.

Before I start waffling about everything and nothing: – I shall be using this blog (deleted all my older entries) to keep everyone updated on what I’m doing while I’m in Grenoble, mainly incase I don’t have proper internet access for MSN and Skype etc and I’m only able to use internet cafes and things, but also for friends/relatives who don’t use Facebook/MSN if I do have internet.

I’m leaving in four weeks time, it’s a fairly scary prospect. I’m trying to get everything done, but it’s all so complicated – got to sort out accomodation/bank accounts/travel/insurance/money but it should all be ok by the time I get there. I’m experiencing MAJOR mixed feelings about it all at the moment – am scared/nervous/excited/sad/happy/worried all at once. I will miss my friends so much, I dont think they will ever know how much (I’m used to leaving my family for 3 months at a time, and I’ll always see them in holidays – just incase you’re reading this mother!). Obviously I will see the most important people when I’m back to visit, but all the other people who I never got to know properly will have left by the time I get back in my fourth year – it makes me sad to think I never said bye to most of these people.

My biggest worry is that I KNOW I can deal with the language, and everything the experience throws at me, but I don’t know if i can do that without my closest friends and family there to support me when I’m feeling low.

On the plus side, the place where I’m supposed to be living seems to be completely central, in the Ile Verte quarter of the town – in a “meander” of the Isere river! Can’t wait for the fresh croissants everyday…

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